Wow Your Dinner Guests With Perfectly Paired Wine This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is full of warm gatherings around dinner tables, with bountiful spreads of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, cornbread, and (my favorite!) mashed potatoes.

But with such an abundant variety in foods, how do you possibly choose the perfect wine to pair with dinner?

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This year, why not treat your friends and family to a few different types of wine? Wine educator Jim Laughren has recommendations that are sure to please anyone at your table!

Riesling Kabinett

This German wine is the lightest style of Riesling. Complex and semi-sweet, this white wine is one of the most versatile wines to pair with food and is sure to complement any range of holiday foods on your table.

Riesling Kabinett from Germany is obviously going to be a sure bet, but there are also some great varieties coming out of the United States, too. Try a bottle out of New York or Washington state, as both have been producing plenty of marvelous off-dry Rieslings.


A dry rosé of French, Italian, or Spanish origin is sure to be a favorite for dinner attendees, so have an extra bottle or two on standby. This wine is crisp and clean, featuring notes of strawberry, currants, cherry, and even rose petal. On top of being delicious, the variety of pinks is ever-pleasing to the eye (and the Instagram feed).

If you were looking for something produced in the United States, look no further than the big three: Oregon, Washington, and California. These states are all producing great dry rosés that will tickle your taste buds pink.


You didn’t think they’d all be light, did you? This one is for the red wine aficionados.

Likely one of the most underrated reds out there, you’ll wow everyone at the dinner table with this unexpected wine. Negroamaro is dry and deep in color, usually featuring notes of black cherry, black plum, blackberry, prune, and dried thyme. You’ll find that this wine will enhance the typical holiday meal of roast turkey, savory gravy, and stuffing.

It’s less likely that you’ll find this wine at your average supermarket, so you’ll have to visit a specialty wine store or order it online. Even still, you’ll find that this wine is remarkably inexpensive. For more pairing tips be sure to read more at